Five convicted in deadly Costa Concordia cruise ship wreck

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    Five people have been convicted in the deadly Costa Concordia cruise ship wreck that happened off the coast of Italy last year.  The convictions come after the judge ruling over the case accepted their plea bargains Saturday morning.  All five are charged with manslaughter and causing personal injury.  Under the plea deal, Robert Ferrarini, Costa Cruises’ emergency manager, was sentenced to two years and 10 months in prison.  Manrico Giampedroni, hotel director of Costa Concordia, was sentenced to two years and six months behind bars.  Three others were sentenced to prison time, guilty of causing a shipwreck.  The ship’s captain, Francesco Schettino, is being charged separately on charges of manslaughter, causing maritime disaster and abandoning ship.

     Thirty-two people died when the Costa Concordia, a luxury liner carrying 3,200 passengers and 1,000 crew members, struck rocks off the Italian island of Giglio on January 13, 2012.  Another 150 people were injured in the evacuation of the ship — 65 of them seriously.

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